Vito Lopez

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Vito Lopez
New York State Assembly District 53
In office
1985 - Present
Term ends
January 7, 2013
Years in position 30
Base salary$79,500/year
Per diem$61/half day and $171/full day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First elected1984
Next generalNovember 6, 2012
Term limitsN/A
Date of birth06/05/1941
Place of birthBrooklyn, NY
Office website
Vito Lopez (b. June 5, 1941) is a Democratic member of the New York State Assembly. He has represented District 53 since 1985.

Lopez's professional experiences include instructor at Yeshiva University, Molloy College, and Empire State College; and part-time adjunct professor of Human Services at LaGuardia College.

Lopez earned a BS in business administration from Long Island University, Brooklyn and MSW from Wurzweiler School of Social Work, Yeshiva University.[1]

Committee assignments


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Lopez has been appointed to the following committees:


In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Lopez served on the following committees:



See also: New York State Assembly elections, 2012

Lopez ran in the 2012 election for New York State Assembly District 53. He ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on September 13, 2012. He defeated Richy Garcia in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[2][3]

An October 2012 article in The Daily named Lopez one of the 20 worst candidates in 2012.[4]



See also: New York State Assembly elections, 2010

Lopez ran unopposed in the September 14 Democratic primary. He defeated Byron Orozco (R) in the general election on November 2.[6]

New York State Assembly, District 53 2010
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Vito Lopez (D) 12,892
Byron Orozco (R) 1,481


On November 4, 2008 Lopez won re-election to the New York State Assembly, District 53, defeating opponent Frances Cutrone (R).

Lopez raised $452,552 for his campaign while Cutrone raised $0.[7]

New York State Assembly, District 53 2008
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Vito Lopez (D) 25,733
Frances Cutrone (R) 1,531

Campaign donors


In 2010, Lopez received $444,064 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[8]


In 2008, a year in which Lopez was up for re-election, he collected $452,552 in donations.[9]

The major contributors were:

Donor Amount
New York State Association for Affordable Housing $5,345
Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker $4,000
11 individual donations each of: $3,800


Sexual-harassment allegations

Following an internal ethics committee investigation, the New York State Assembly censured Lopez on August 24, 2012, when allegations of sexual harassment brought by two female employees were substantiated. Soon after, it was reported that the Assembly made a secret payment of $103,080 on June 13 in order to settle previous allegations made by two other women, which never went to the ethics committee.[10]

Speaker of the House Sheldon Silver (D) approved the settlement, but once it came to light said it was the wrong decision. “I take full responsibility in not insisting that all cases go to the ethics committee. While that opinion is both legally correct and ethical and can result in a resolution sought by complaining employees, I now believe it was the wrong one from the perspective of transparency,” he stated.[10]

A number of officials and individuals, including Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D), called for a full investigation. Lopez, meanwhile, insisted that he did nothing wrong and would not resign his seat, but did give up his position as chair of the Brooklyn Democratic Party.[11]

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Preceded by
New York Assembly - District 53
Succeeded by